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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb said on Tuesday he will drop his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and explore an independent run for the White House.

“I’m stepping aside from the Democratic primary process,” Webb told a news conference. He said he will speak with people and groups who have encouraged him to run as an independent.

“We’ll just have to see what happens next,” Webb said.

Webb, who is more moderate on social issues than many of his fellow Democrats, had made little headway in the Democratic presidential race and barely registers in public opinion polls.

(Reporting by John Whitesides and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Will Dunham)

U.S. democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Jim Webb speaks during the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, speaks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him.

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With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus surging in the United States — especially in red states with large numbers of unvaccinated Americans — Capitol physician Brian Monahan is reinstituting a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is honoring that mandate, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pandering to the GOP's MAGA base, is opposed. And when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about McCarthy's opposition, she had some scathing words for the California congressman.

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